Libraries Host Hispanic Heritage Month Online Program On Latino Veterans Of World War II 

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation, “Answering the Call: Latinos & World War II,” on Tuesday, October 5, beginning at 3:00 pm. The program will be live-streamed via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home.

Dr. Jesus J. Esparza, an assistant professor of History at Texas Southern University, will talk about contributions made by Latinos to World War II. Gain a better understanding of why thousands of Latinos were among the first to enlist in the war effort. More than 350,000 Latinos (including Mexican American and Puerto Ricans) fought and served with distinction throughout Europe, in the Pacific Theater, North Africa, the Aleutians, and the Mediterranean.

For those who are unable to participate in the live Webex session, the presentation will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be made available on the FBCL website and YouTube channel.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.